I've always been fairly dismissive of absinthe, it seemed a very posey sort of drink, and I'm not much for hard liquor anyway. But a drink that tastes like licorice? THAT I had to try.
Traditionally, absinthe is served by putting a shot into a glass, then dissolving a sugar cube in a spoon and mixing that in. I didn't have a sugar cube handy, but I did have some sugar packets, and did my best to get the mix right.
That's ... some strong stuff. And yes, it tasted just like licorice, except licorice that burned a hole in your esophagus and went shooting out the bottom of your stomach while simultaneously causing the top of your head to explode.
I ended up not finishing the shot. Too much of a much, and I couldn't think of a good way to cut it short of just pouring in more water. But I can at least now say I've tried it, and I can see how, given the right mood, I'd be interested in trying again. But it's not something I'm going to be eager for soon.